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Welcome to our Herb Classes Page!


Hello friends!

Thank you for your interest in our Class offerings! I hope all is well in your world and you are peacefully being in the present moment and joyfully looking ahead to spring.  I rather enjoy these grey, dreamy days.  I find them to be the perfect reflection of deep-rooted work going on under the soil and in our lives, the dying away of what is no longer vibrant, and the building of energy for the rebirth forthcoming.

I am delighted to announce the classes and workshops for 2015!  Grab a cup of tea, kick back and relax, and read through the intro and schedule for this year.


As always, the ever popular Basics of Herbal Medicine-Making is on the schedule. I will also offer a Plant Walk in the spring and Herbs for Winter Wellness in the fall.  I may add another class or two later on.  All of these are beginning-level classes.  I will be teaching in other locations as well.   Be sure to check the Herb Classes page often as I will update the website as dates/classes are confirmed.  

The BIG news is (drum roll, please!) I have invited several, four to be exact, guest teachers this year! Alex Garcia of EarthSkills, LLC, will present a one-day workshop on primitive fire-starting, Creating Fire: The First Skill in Self-Reliance.  I’ve taken several classes with Alex, and I am delighted to host him as an instructor!  Alex is passionate about self-reliance, living in partnership with the earth, and sharing his knowledge.  He is extraordinarily patient and observant, gentle and comical.  He teaches with ease and grace, always empowering his students.

Here is his bio:


EarthSkills instructor and outdoor enthusiast, Alex Garcia, is a 21-year Army and National Guard veteran now retired with the rank of major. Early in his career as a newly commissioned officer, he led a 44-member light infantry platoon and later served as the executive officer of a rifle company. He later joined the Army’s Special Forces and served in the position of assistant detachment commander of an elite Alpha team. In 1987, Garcia received extensive jungle survival training at the Joint Operations Training Center in Panama. Here, he later served as an instructor to the Panamanian Defense Force in civil disturbance and guerrilla warfare operations. Briefly assigned to the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virgina, he taught military intelligence methods to the senior class of officers there. In June of 2001, after serving two years as the brigade staff intelligence officer for a mechanized combat maneuver brigade, he retired from military service.

In civilian life, Garcia continued pursuing his education in wilderness skills. While attending survival schools in 2010, fellow students urged him to teach some of the skills he had mastered. Garcia and these students later organized what he called his “tribe”, a group of self-instructing wilderness skills students. The tribe met monthly in the Appalachian forests to share and practice the skills each member taught. Soon after, professional groups began to offer Garcia speaking opportunities at meetings and social gatherings to share the art of living in nature. Garcia’s passion for the natural world and his long experience as a military instructor and survival student uniquely prepared him for a greater role in life: teaching.


Early in May of 2013, Garcia proposed an idea for a wilderness skills workshop to the director of Pickens County History and Art Museum. His concept for facilitating a primitive skills class was heartily accepted and lesson plans to support a year-long curriculum were written. In July of the same year the school — now named EarthSkills — commenced with its first class of six women and four men.



Words cannot express how pleased I am to announce that Phyllis D. Light will be here for a weekend in May to teach an intensive on Southern & Appalachian Folk Medicine! (Insert squeals of joy!!!)  This weekend is suited for all levels from newbie to herbal elder as this information is our heritage, our birthright, and Phyllis knows it intimately! If you’ve ever taken any of my classes you have most definitely heard me speak of Phyllis Light.  Phyllis knows the history of southern herbal medicine and can explain southern blood typology and constitutions better than anyone I know.  Her vast herbal experience, knowledge, and heritage make her unique amongst all herbalists far and wide. Her stories are captivating and lessons in themselves.  Plus, she is the only person I’ve ever heard of who inherited an herbal practice!  Visit phyllisdlight.com for more info on Phyllis and her school, the Appalachian Center for Natural Health.
Here is her bio:


Phyllis D. Light is a practicing herbalist and health educator with over 30 years of herbal experience. She is traditionally trained in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Creek/Cherokee grandmother in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis continued her studies with her father and other Appalachian elders, such as Tommie Bass, as well as studies in conventional Western bio-medicine. She holds a Master's of Health Studies degree from the University of Alabama.

Phyllis is Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, offering herbal and natural health classes in north Alabama as well as an online program. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and a licensed massage therapist. Phyllis travels and teaches classes in integrative medicine and herbalism at universities, hospitals, and symposia across the country. She is currently secretary of the American Herbalist Guild, president of the American Naturopathic Certification Board, and board member of Old Spirits, New Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Indigenous knowledge.

Above all, Phyllis devotes herself to building a bridge between traditional knowledge and modern-day science; to help hold sacred the traditional herbal and healing knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation while embracing the relevant scientific knowledge of today.

 

I am delighted that Darryl Patton will return in the fall to teach a 2-day Autumn Edibles & Medicinals intensive!  Plus, on Friday night he will share a powerpoint presentation on medicinal mushrooms.  This intensive is appropriate for those new to plant medicine as well as the seasoned herbalist.  I am so very excited and honored to host Darryl again and to offer you this tremendous opportunity! Quite the southern gentleman, Darryl’s easy-going, keep-it-simple, humorous style will make anyone comfortable and eager to hear/learn/see/taste more. 

And for you crafty folks, Marita Orr will return in October, this time to guide us in a hands-on workshop, Orgonite: A Method of Clearing Energy, where we will create beautiful, pyramid-shaped orgone generators for neutralizing and repelling the negative effects of electromagnetic waves.  For more info on orgonite you can visit consciouskreations.com.


Whew!


Now, spend a few minutes looking over the scheduled classes at the farm for 2015.  If you’d like to attend any/all, please let me know and send the deposit before the due date.  Class size is limited, and these fill up quickly, so register early to secure your spot!

Green dreams and Winter blessings,

Robin





2015 Classes at the Farm  

Basics of Herbal Medicine-Making

March 7-8

$150

10am-5pm

Come in out of the cold, have some hot tea, and let’s get busy!  Much of our time this weekend will be hands-on in the kitchen making herbal medicine, so don’t wear your Sunday best.  Come prepared to get messy.  Students will create several products to take home.  We will cover harvesting, storing, & drying herbs, herbal oils & salves, tinctures, decoctions and infusions, syrups, and resources for purchasing high quality dried herbs, seeds, and plants.  Class size is limited to 5-15 students.  Registration & deposit due before Feb 6 with balance due before Feb 23.

To Register:

1-Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let me know you plan to attend

AND

2-Send $50 deposit before February 6 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

 Anderson, SC  29626

****Balance must be received before February 23****

Directions and detailed info will be sent when registration closes February 6. 

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Creating Fire: The First Skill in Self-Reliance

by Alexander Garcia

March 21, 2015

9am – 5pm

Anderson, SC

$85

A day of foraging and you’re lost. Night is falling.

Your clothes and butane lighter are wet…

Fire — it has been called “the foundation of human civilization.” It provides warmth, light, dries our clothes and lifts soggy spirits. It cooks our food, makes water safe to drink and drives away the creepies throughout the night. It’s no wonder why this is the most important self-reliance skill to master. What to do when you have no device to spark a flame?

This one-day workshop will empower you with the skills and confidence to create fire using the bow drill method. You will discover that everything you need is provided by Nature. First, you’ll learn to make fire using a pre-made bow drill and one-on-one instruction; after all, it’s form and process, not strength, to succeed in making a red-hot ember. Next, during a short hike you will gather the natural components and create your very own bow drill to take home. You will need a SHARP knife, lunch, water, comfort items and note-taking materials. A folding pocket-knife is good, but a fixed blade is better. Please ensure your blade is at least 3.125 inches in length.  Class size is limited to 5-10 students, so register early to secure your spot!  Registration closes February 27.

To Register:

1-Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let us know you plan to attend

AND

2-Send $85 fee before February 27 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

Anderson, SC 29626

****Payment must be received before February 27****

Details and directions will be sent when registration closes.

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Medicine At Our Feet: Plant Walk with Robin McGee

March 28

$45

11am-3pm

From Blue Vervain and Dandelion to Poke and Wild Lettuce, Nature provides us with an abundance of medicinal plants that are commonly looked upon as nuisance weeds.  Learn to identify these green allies and discover some of their traditional uses.   This is an introduction to some of the plants that grow in our area.  Bring your lunch, water, snacks, lightweight portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen & notebook, camera, sunscreen and a natural bug repellant (optional).  Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes.  Class will be held rain or shine, so come prepared!  In the event of a frog-drowning rain we will reschedule.  Limited to 5-15 participants.  Payment is due before February 27.

To Register:

1-Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let me know you plan to attend

AND

2-Send full payment before February 27 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

 Anderson, SC  29626

****Payment must be received before February 27****

Directions will be sent prior to class.

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Southern & Appalachian Folk Medicine: History, Principles & Practices of an American System of Herbal Medicine

by Phyllis D. Light

May 16-17

$200

10am – 5pm

Carolina Grassfed Beef

Anderson, SC

Traditional Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is the most widely acknowledged regional folk medicine in the United States and the only system, other than Native American medicine, to develop on this continent. In this wonderful intensive, Phyllis D. Light will share the rich and fascinating history of our folk medicine, its origins and development from diverse European folk traditions, Greek medicine, and Native American plant use, a unique system of folk medicine developed and used by poor whites and blacks.

Our ancestors looked to the natural world, to observation of the land and seasons when developing this system. For example, the blood moves around the body like the sap in a tree. In the winter, the blood pulls inward to protect the core of the body and warm the vital organs, leaving the hands and feet cooler. In the spring, the blood moves outward toward the surface, reinvigorating the body and diffusing heat during the summer. Although this may appear as a simple allegorical concept, the physiology of blood movement is accurate. Phyllis will explain Southern Blood Types (bitter/salty and sweet/sour), the four constitutions (fire/water and air/earth), how to use the constitutional system as an assessment technique, and she will touch on blood qualities such as high/low, thick/thin, fast/slow, and good/bad.

Weaving stories from her traditional herbal training into the weekend, Phyllis will share what it was like growing up in the woods and cotton fields of Alabama, what it was like to depend upon the wild plants for good health and as a livelihood, her most influential teachers, her grandmother Rosie Light, a Creek Native American midwife, and herbalist, Tommie Bass, one of the most widely known folk herbalists in this country to date, and their more unusual but effective approaches to assessment and herbal remedies.

We will also experience a traditional Southern herbal tea tasting!  This is a unique Southern herbal proving based on Native American techniques to learn how to taste the herb and interpret what you taste, what you sense, and how it feels in your body.

What a blessing to have this southern sister come to the Upstate to share the stories, the history, the practice and principles of our herbal heritage.  Want to know your element constitution in Southern Folk Medicine?  See you there!

Class is limited to 12-30 students, so register early to secure your spot!  Registration closes March 17.  A $100 deposit is due before March 17 with the balance due before April 17.

To Register:

1-Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let me know you plan to attend

AND

2-Send $100 deposit before March 17 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

 Anderson, SC  29626

****Balance must be received before April 17****

Detailed information and directions will be sent when registration closes.

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Herbs for Winter Wellness

September 26

$50

10am-2pm

Did you know that common garden Thyme was used in hospitals as a disinfectant long before the invention of those aerosol sprays?  Or that many people successfully use Elderberry instead of over-the-counter and prescription drugs for influenza?  Join us as we discuss herbs and herbal products you can make to use for prevention, at the first signs of sickness, and for full-blown illness.  Plus, learn how to make your own hand sanitizer and room spray that is safe for you and the environment!  Limited to 5-15 students, so register early to secure your spot!  Registration closes August 26.

To Register:

1-Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let me know you plan to attend

AND

2-Send full payment of $50 before August 26 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

 Anderson, SC  29626

Directions will be sent when registration closes.  

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Autumn Edibles & Medicinals

with Darryl Patton

Oct 9 – 11

$200

5pm – 5pm

Carolina Grassfed Beef

Anderson, SC


We are delighted to have Darryl Patton return this year!  If you’ve ever attended any of Robin’s classes, plant walks, or presentations, you have heard her talk about Darryl.  He was the leader of the very first plant walk Robin ever attended.  And yep, that book that she shows all of her students, Mountain Medicine: The Remedies of Tommie Bass, was authored by Darryl Patton.  He really is a walking encyclopedia of plant knowledge!  Darryl is an internationally known herbalist, a primitive and wilderness survival expert, teacher, wild foods expert, and operator of a wilderness survival training school in the mountains of Alabama.  For 12 years he spent thousands of hours studying with the late A. L. “Tommie” Bass, one of the last old mountain herb doctors who taught Darryl the uses for thousands of plants. His passion in life is “to pass the "old way" of using medicinal plants to his students and others wanting to continue the tradition of gathering wild plants as food and healing.”  Read Darryl’s biography on his website, thesouthernherbalist.com.

We are so fortunate to have Darryl come to South Carolina again to share his knowledge of the plants with us.  You do NOT want to miss this golden opportunity to spend two days walking the woods, fields, and creeks with Darryl as he talks about the plants, trees, and mushrooms, and learn how to prepare some of the wild foods of Autumn! 

New this year: On Friday evening Darryl will show a special powerpoint presentation on medicinal mushroom!

Class size is limited, so register early to secure your spot!  Registration closes July 17. A $100 deposit is due before July 17 with the balance due before August 27.

To Register:

1-  Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let us know you plan to attend

AND

2-  Send the $100 deposit before July 17 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

Anderson, SC 29626

****Balance is due before August 27****

Details and directions will be sent when registration closes.

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Orgonite: A Method of Clearing Energy

with Marita Orr

October 24

$125

1pm – 5pm

Anderson, SC

Learn to create orgone blasters, powerful items that work nonstop to remove harmful radiation and repel other negative energies from our immediate environment.  Marita will lead us through how to make a beautiful orgone blaster and explain its many benefits, part of her commitment to continuing the work of Mr. Wilhelm Reich. Marita will show us how to create a healthy environment for ourselves, our plants and gardens, and our living space, both indoors and outside.  You will also learn how to make and use orgone cloud busters, garden pucks, and yard spears. Each participant will create an orgonite piece (a $50-$100 value) to take home. Class size is limited to 8-15 participants, so register early to claim your spot! Full payment is due before August 1 so that Marita has time to make cost-effective flight arrangements, gather and ship supplies.

To Register:

1-  Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let us know you plan to attend

AND

2-  Mail full payment before August 1 to:

Robin McGee

3456 Hwy 187 South

Anderson, SC 29626

***Full payment is due before August 1***

Details and directions will be sent when registration closes.

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Classes in other locations:

Traditional Foodways: Fermenting Vegetables

GROW (formerly SCOOL conference)

Greenville, SC

Saturday, February 28

upstatecultivate.com



Herbal Weekend with Robin McGee

New Bern, NC

March14-15

Contact Nancy Pocklington for details

npocklington2626@gmail.com



Making Fizzy Herbal Sodas

Medicines From The Earth Symposium

Black Mountain, NC

May 29-June 1

botanicalmedicine.org


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